Southern Visionaries

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Discovering new talent is my passion and at the recent Charleston Fashion Week I met a group of exceptionally talented women from Savannah at the Style Lounge.  Eva Design House which is a showroom/incubator for emerging accessory designers based in Savannah showcased wares from jewelry designer Kristen Baird and bag designer Ellia Wang.  It was refreshing to see original designs and impeccable craftsmanship in the jewelry and handbags.  These SCAD alums represent the modern design movement that is currently happening in the south and it’s very exciting.

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Kristen Baird’s jewelry is both organic and sculptural.  She draws inspiration from nature such as honeycombs, flowers, rain, and waterfalls as well as architecture.  I was first drawn to her designs when I saw it in the Grand Bohemian Charleston gallery shop and styled her jewelry for the cover of Charleston Magazine‘s March issue.  Kristen will be back in Charleston for her Moving Metals” trunk show at the Grand Bohemian Charleston gallery on June 11th where you can meet the artist from 5:30-8pm as well as June 12th from 1-4pm for Second Sunday.

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Combining origami, geometric shapes as well as nature, Ellia Wang’s innovative bags are unique and one of a kind.  She uses her impeccable eye for detail as she handcrafts each bag, a skill that is rare in the age of mass production.  The materials that Ellia uses are of the finest quality from Italian calf leather to minimal gold hardware. The Marble Sharp Wristlet bag featured here is a marble pattern that’s printed on suede. Ellia Wang’s  bags recently got picked up at local retailers the Trunk Show and Maris Dehart, which is slated to open in July.

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Stay tuned for more innovative creations from Kristen Baird and Ellia Wang on my blog!

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Pink vest by Mustard Seed $78 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shirt dress by Xander $460 from Rapport // Shoes by Bettye Muller $295 from Shoes on King // Marble Sharp Wristlet $399 by Ellia Wang // Ripple cuff with holes $419, Ripple Ring with Peru Chalcedony $349, Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Amethyst Engraved Pattern Ring $229 by Kristen Baird

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Shebu Movement

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I’m excited to announce the much anticipated launch of Shebu, ibu’s lower priced collection of clothing, jewelry, and gifts for women.  The cult following of ibu consists of both younger and older women with every economic background.  The younger crowd wants everything in the shop but sometimes can’t afford it.  Now with the new Shebu line there is a great mix of lust-worthy items that are under $195, including the tunic I’m wearing here.  Available online and in the shop, you can support female artisans from around the world while looking global chic.

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Another exciting feature is the new It bag from Taxidermy – the Micro Mackie Tote. The smaller version of the original Mackie Tote still makes a huge statement.  The gold bangles and earrings by Melinda Maria and sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear at Henry & Eva are some of the treasures that you can find in this Mt. Pleasant shop. The stretchy skinny jeans from House of Sage are the softest and most comfortable jeans you’ll own, and for only $58 you can’t got wrong!

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Four Seasons Tunic $160, Live Luxe Bangles in sterling silver with 24k gold plated beads $385, Marabou slippers by Brother Vellies from ibu //  Seraphina Skinny Jeans by Kan Can $58 from House of Sage // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, earrings $98, bangles $68 each by Melinda Maria, from Henry & Eva // Necklace by Elizabeth & James, 14k gold plated stacked rings $215 by Frieda Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Micro Mackie Tote in Electric Blue $1,195 by Taxidermy 

 Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Coral Crush

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Romper by Some Days Lovin $88 from House of Sage // 14k gold plated stacked rings $215 and Circular rope ring by Frieda Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $49.95, feathered cuff $128, 3pc bangle set $178, bangles $128, 178 and 68 each by Melinda Maria from Henry & Eva // Beaded fringe necklace $325, Coast sandals by Brother Vellies, and Palma bag $685 by Brother Vellies from ibu 

Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Summer Style at Style Dwell

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The Summer Look Book shoot for Style Dwell was a day packed with endless swimwear and warm weather essentials.  Shot at the quaint Daffodil Cottages on Folly Beach, it was the perfect backdrop for for a tropical getaway.  Style Dwell,  stocks some of the best swimwear in town from pretty patterned bikinis to fun one pieces, so you can’t go wrong.  And the swimsuits are just the beginning.  They also carry on trend clothes and accessories including one of my favorite jewelry designers, Ash Hoffman. They’re so worth the trip to James Island to shop, and for the locals it’s so nice to just stay in the hood.

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Swimsuit by Trina Turk, sunglasses by Nectar

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Bikini by Nanette Lepore, kimono by Chaser, bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Bikini by Trina Turk, body chain by Ash Hoffman

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Swimsuit by Mink Pink bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Python mini bag by Taxidermy, cuff by Ash Hoffman

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View more to see the full look book!

Models – Chelsea Meissner & Via Patrick, photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Island Life

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Column dress with cowrie embellishment and wrap $925 and beaded sandals by Pikolinos from ibu // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, bangles $98, $128, $98, and $178, bands $78 each by Melinda Maria, and python clutch by Erika Lynn $300 from Henry & Eva // Lapis, coral, green turquoise, and moonstone “Graham” bangles $78 each and Moonstone “Everett” earrings by Addison Weeks; necklace by Elizabeth & James; Circular roped ring and bricked lapis liner ring by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Dive In

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Bathing Suit by Acacia $207, Cover-up by L*Space $145, Sunglasses by Wonderland Sun $185 from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Shoes by Donald J. Pliner from from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $79 from 7 Gypsy // Tsavorite “annie” ring $325 and custom birthstone cuff (shown with aquamarine) starts at $295 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Bedtime Stories

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Eberjey PJ’s $158 from Bits of Lace // Aquamarine beaded “paz” necklace $135 and rings by  Ash Hoffman // Book from Indigo Books at Freshfields Village 

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Everybody Loves the Sunshine


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Naomi cardigan from J McLaughlin $219.90 at Freshfields Village // Lattice detail one piece swimsuit by Becca Swim $128 //  Sterling silver “paz” necklace $125 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Wonderland and straw hat from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Floats by Bigmouth from Wonder Works Toys at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Urban Escape at The Andell Inn

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My staycation at the Andell Inn was everything that I expected and more.  This little slice of heaven located at the end of all the shopping and dining at the Freshfields Village is the perfect getaway from everyday life.  One of the reasons why I love it so much is that we don’t have to spend the whole day in the car to escape to another town.

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Spending the day shopping and eating at the village is always a good time, but we thought why not spend the night and enjoy all of the amenities that the Andell Inn has to offer.  View more to see the beautiful property and why it was so hard to leave this special place.

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Shirt by Joah Brown $29, jean shorts by 1961 DL Denim $115, silver chcker by Natalie B Jewelry $55, bag by Bay Sky $79 all from 7 Gypsy // Sunglasses by Wonderland from Las Olas at Freshfields Village  // Custom birthstone spiral ring in aquamarine $395 by Ash Hoffman from Style Dwell

Photography by Libby Williams

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Italian Feast at La Tela

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One of my top ten restaurants in the Charleston area is actually in Freshfields Village.  La Tela Pizzeria  is known for it’s delicious Neapolitan style pizza, but their house made pasta is legendary. Owned by chef David Robb and his wife Tyler, they serve up the freshest food with some of the best service I’ve experienced.

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You have to start out with one of their salads and an appetizer.  My all time favorite is the dry roasted beets, baby arugula with dried apricot, pistachios, ricotta salata topped with a vanilla-bean vinaigrette. Then I had to order the fried fresh mozzarella with Prosciutto di Parma, shaved Romano Pecorino, and baby arugula.  Their homemade marinara sauce is perfect for dipping these decadent fried balls in.

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After chowing down that I split the eggplant pizza and the special of the day – quail ravioli with the hubby.  When in doubt, always order the special of the day, it never disappoints.  Then somehow we found room for the Panna Cotta which consisted of vanilla bean and buttermilk, 9 passion fruit, and white chocolate powder. Heavenly!!!

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Next time your looking to take a culinary escape, make the trek out to Kiawah to eat at La Tela Pizzeria.  Trust me, it’s well worth the scenic drive.

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Dress by Kling, shirt version available at Dandy Boutique // Espadrilles by Manebi $155 from Morgan Kylee // Sunglasses by Wonderland from Las Olas at Freshfields Village  // “Goldie” ring in rose gold $475,  “Delaney” Flamingo necklace in 14k rose gold $455 by Ash Hoffman //Angela rattan clutch $158 by J. McLaughlin at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Bike Brigade

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Riding bikes with my family is one of my favorite things to do.  For our staycation at the Andell Inn we wanted to explore Freshfields Village and what better way than on 2 wheels.  Seacoast Sports and Outfitters is a one stop shop for everything outdoors including bike rentals.  The massive store sells clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women that are geared towards an active lifestyle.  Their outdoor gear ranges from kayaks, skateboards, bikes, scooters, surfboards, and fishing rods.  Freshfields Village is our little escape to spend some quality time with the family and I’m so happy that we can enjoy the great outdoors together.

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  Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow at 10am as I talk about some great gift ideas for mom including Freshfields Village,  Tint BloomsCandlefishSouthern SeasonIndigo Road GroupZero George, and Woodhouse Day SpaThere will also be some great giveaways from these businesses so don’t miss out!

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Yes Yes Ya’ll tank by Junk Food Clothing $32 from 7 Gypsy // Sweatpants with fringe by Amuse, sunglasses by Wonderland, and hat from Las Olas at Freshfields Village  // Swimsuit top $88 by Becca Swim // Sterling silver “bicicleta” necklace $140 by Ash Hoffman // Sandals by Franco Sarto from Shoes on King // Bikes from Seacoast Sports and Outfitters at Freshfields Village 

Photography by Libby Williams

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Staycation at The Andell Inn

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Staycations are the best, especially when you only have to drive 30 minutes to feel a world away.  One of my favorite escapes is going to Kiawah, and the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village is the perfect getaway for a weekend of family fun.  Whether you want to shop all day in the village or just relax by the pool you can’t go wrong.

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The first stops were gathering up our toys and entertainment to enjoy by the pool.  Me and the hubby Gus stopped by Indigo Books where we checked out our new favorite books “Humans of New York” and “The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray”.  Still a kid at heart, I do enjoy books more if they have pictures in it.  My boys Mateo and Sebastian grabbed their larger than life floats from Wonder Works Toys.  They are obsessed with this store and could spend hours looking at all of the toys.

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With a bar and a delicious menu at our fingertips, it was easy to just kick it by the pool all day.  Stay tuned for more on my adventures at the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village.

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Swimsuit by Eres $458 from Bits of Lace // Dakota tunic shirt  $168 and Reed wool scarf in Neo Alexi Brocade $85 by J. McLaughlin  at Freshfields Village // Necklace by Alexis Bittar from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman // Floats by Bigmouth from Wonder Works Toys at Freshfields Village // Books from Indigo Books at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Modern Luxuries

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Wardrobe:  White tank with silver details by Sheri Bodell $198,  Silver Hexagon bracelet $25 from Ro Sham Beaux //  Skirt by Elizabeth & James $280, Bag by Meli Melo $310, Bracelet by Vita Fede from Beckett Boutique //  Wide hammered sterling silver spinner ring $65 from from Gold Creations // Sterling silver Bentley earrings $40 and sterling silver wrap ring $38 by Currie Jewelry // “Haven” heels by Dolce Vita $180 from Bloomingdales.com 

Home Decor:  Sullivan Outdoor chair $1,200, table $648, Throw Blanket $108 , Velvet tassel lumbar pillow in blue, $98, Ro Sham Beaux silver lantern $168, 1st floor chandelier: Fiona in Mirror Crystal $4,998, Rachel Sconce $698 all from Ro Sham Beaux// Artwork from Charleston Art Brokers

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Posh Pad

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The Designer Showhouse sponsored by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League was decorated by local interior designers enhancing the already beautiful historical house.  The James Sanders House which was constructed circa 1851 on Wentworth is a  three-story Charleston Single House which maintains the original details, along with a gorgeous garden with gazebo and saline pool.

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Designer Ann Yancy of Ro Sham Beaux added her touch of glam to the house with her posh light fixtures and furniture. One of my favorite rooms in the house was a cozy girl’s room designed by Terri Baldwin of TCB Designs.  The cheerful and chic space is perfect for those little ladies who can appreciate a hint of sophistication.  The Malibu chandelier from Ro Sham Beaux pulls together the whole room for an elegant, polished setting.

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Beautiful artwork from Charleston Art Brokers

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Decadent quartz sconce from Ro Sham Beaux

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Hand beaded tank top by Sherri Bodell $298, Earrings $28, Gold & string bracelet $35, Malibu 18in Chandelier in White Swirl $1,500 and Rachel Sconce $698 by Ro Sham Beaux from Ro Sham Beaux // Spike bracelet by Vita Fede $400, Library by Lauren Lail  $438, Navy pants by Bella Luxx $165 from Beckett Boutique // Snakeskin heels by Christian Louboutin $898, Persian turquoise and sapphire ring $2,300 from The Trunk Show

Photography by Clifford Pate

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The Spoleto SCENE

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It’s hard to believe that Spoleto season is just around the corner.  The performing arts festival heralds the start of summer and outdoor soirees. If you want to be in the know with all the cool parties and discounted tickets, the Spoleto SCENE is the way to go. One of the SCENE parties on June 2nd will be at the newly renovated and ultra hip Restoration Hotel.  The event celebrates the Aakash Odedra Company, an British born Indian dancer who brings traditional Indian dance into the modern world.  Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage will be DJing while Cathead Vodka serves up the cocktails.  

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The big question is what to wear at all of these fabulous events?  With so much variety out there it’s hard to go wrong.  For an outdoor roof party I opted for this long and flowy dress by Mara Hoffman from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village.  Nothing says the 70’s like these oversized shades from Friedrich’s Optik Charleston.  Statement jewelry is my go to, and I piled it on to complete my look.

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Style is individual and a form of creative expression.  Spoleto is the perfect place to take a chance and let your artistic side shine in what you wear.

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Dress by Mara Hoffman $268, Clutch by Trina Turk $158, and Gold wide ring by Christina Jervey $250 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // Goldbug crest ring by Mini $120 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Platform wooden heels by Dolce Vita $60 from Shoes on King // Chamberlain Necklace $798 and Bendall Cuff in Blue Turquoise $310 by Addison Weeks // Katherine earrings $255 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Friedrich’s Optik Charleston

Beauty:  Grand Entrance Mascara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00,  ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com

Photography by Clifford PateMani & Pedi from The Amethyst Spa at The Restoration HotelOn location The Restoration Hotel

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Earth Goddess at 7 Gypsy

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Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate it with this beautiful shoot from 7 Gypsy.  The ethereal outfits are dreamy and the location is even dreamier.  Shot in the secluded area at the end of Folly near Morris Island, it sets the stage for a time when nature was untouched by man.

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Pink Maxi by Muche et Muchette $149, Custom Floral Headpiece by 7 Gypsy $50, Blue Moonstone Earrings by Luxe Group $32

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Kimono by Willow and Clay – originally $105 on sale for $30, Tank by Blue Life $72, Bell Bottoms by Astars $98, Coin Necklace by Lena Bernard $65, Lariat Necklace by Heather Kahn $110, Crystal Bracelet by Danielle Rose Bean $58

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Blue Print Maxi by Pink Stitch by $92, Wedges by Bed Stu $145, Ivory Tusk Necklace by Boho Gal $75, Circle Choker by Heather Kahn $76, White Moonstone Spike Earrings by Heather Kahn $82, Beaded Tribal Cuff $26

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Photography by Clifford Pate,  Model – Savanna Stephens at Directions USA, Hair and Makeup by Sarah Berrard and Styling by Amanda Gosnell at 7 Gypsy

Teeing off at Wild Dunes

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Last week I ventured off to an area I’ve never explored before, the Wild Dunes Resort.  The resort which is situated in Isle of Palms has it all – vacation rentals, pools, kids activities, golf courses and restaurants.  The first order of business was a golf lesson with Jeff Minton and I was joined by the Cocktail Bandits.  My only experience with a golf club was doing put put, so it was nice to get some lessons in the foundation of golf.  Jeff was a pro at showing us how to hold the club and swing.  It’s no wonder why it’s rated the top golf school in Charleston. Hitting the balls was a blast and getting to drive the golf cart was even more fun.

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The next stop was dinner at Huey’s which is located in The Links Course Clubhouse.  Named after Huey, the infamous goose that lived in the area and had a thing for ladies  but disliked men.  The retro styled restaurant and bar served up some southern goodness like pimento cheese, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and my favorite – the fried chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries.  Whether your a golf enthusiast or not, the view overlooking the course was just gorgeous.

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Of course the drinks were flowing with the Cocktail Bandits.  The lightweight that I am, I opted for the Shirley Temple which of course matched my outfit.

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The Wild Dunes Resort is the perfect staycation for the whole family.  I’m looking forward to exploring more of the property this summer!

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Sweater by Kling $72 from Dandy Boutique // Shorts by 1. State $79 from Julep // Sunglasses by Nectar $28 from House of Sage

Photography by Libby Williams

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Sky Lines

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Stretch Knit V-Neck Jacquard Dress $478 by Leo & Sage // Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Vaughan Triangle Earrings in Moonstone $92 by Addison Weeks // Vermeil Stacked Rings by Freida Rothman $215 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Custom amethyst ring by Ash Hoffman // “Laina” ring in black onyx $150 and Brass cuff $115 by Peyton William at Peyton William at Freshfields Village // “Helen” sandals by Pelle Moda $145 from Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by Patrick Navarro at Stella Nova Charleston, Makeup by Lauren Smelley,On location at The Restoration Hotel

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Styled Well at Style Dwell

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Shopping doesn’t get anymore local for me than visiting James Island boutique Style Dwell.  Located in a shopping center just off of Folly Rd and Maybank Highway you can find brands such as Trina Turk, Pink Stitch, Nectar, Dolce Vita, and now Ash Hoffman jewelry. I’ve been a JI local for 10 years and it’s so refreshing and convenient to know that I can drive 5 minutes from my house to find a great selection of clothes and accessories.   I recently featured them on my Lowcountry Live segment where I talked how to shop local on a budget.  Owner Christie Bishop and her daughter Ashley run the 2 year old boutique and make sure they have a great mix of all price points.  Yes, shopping local doesn’t have to break the bank.

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I’m excited to host an event they’re having at their store this Thursday, April 21st from 6-8pm at 1739 Maybank Hwy Suite E.  They’re having an Ash Hoffman Trunk Show, who is one of my favorites.  Ash won JTV’s ‘ROCK STAR’ Jewelry designer competition and recently debuted her collection with them which is selling out.  I’m wearing a cuff from her collection pictured here, and I am obsessed!

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There’s also going to be some incredible giveaways such as 3 $100 gift cards as wells as 1 lucky winner who will win a $50 gift card each month for the rest of the YEAR, but only if you RSVP by commenting on this post. Come meet Ash Hoffman and hang with me while you sip and shop this Thursday!

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Dress by Endless Rose $66 from Style Dwell // Rose Gold “Suzy” skull ring $205 and custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Multicolor Turquoise, Lapis & Coral 18k Gold Over Bronze Cuff Bracelet $212.49 by Ash Hoffman for jTV // Satin bag by Christian Louboutin, emerald and diamond ring $2,600, coral and lapis ring $1,298 from The Trunk Show // Hatter Blue Metal Heels $198 by Intentionally Blank // Earrings $28 and Chelsea Lanterns $195-$250 from Ro Sham Beaux

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Romper Love

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Rose Romper $56 from House of Sage // “Dawn” elephant necklace $95, “Mary” cross necklace $155, and “Shikoba” Turquoise feather necklace $225 all by Ash Hoffman from Redefined // ‘Camino’ Demi Wedge Sandal by Corso Como $158.95 from Nordstrom 

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